You are here

Strategic Partner for the Resilient Multi-Mission Space STaR Shot

Defence is seeking expressions of interest from experienced satellite mission integrators to enter into a strategic partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group to design and deliver exemplar small satellite missions.

This opportunity is part of the 'Resilient Multi-mission Space’ STaR Shot - a challenging, mission-oriented, research and development program building leap-ahead future exemplar space capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

It is one of eight Science and Technology Research (STaR) missions identified under the More, together: Defence science and technology strategy 2030.

Resilient Multi-mission Space

Under the ‘Resilient Multi-mission Space’ STaR Shot, research and development will be focussed on five Science and Technology (S&T) themes:

  • Three S&T space capability themes
    • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR),
    • Non-geostationary satellite communications,
    • Space Domain Awareness (SDA),
  • Two S&T space mission themes
    • Space autonomy, and
    • Resilient space systems and concepts

The objective of the STaR Shot is to design, manufacture, launch and operate at least four exemplar small satellite (up to 200 kg) missions over a 10-year program. Each mission may include a number of satellites, and each satellite will contain a number of payloads related to one or more of the identified S&T themes.

A Strategic Partner is sought to fulfil the satellite integration requirements, including design, manufacture, integration and support to operations, in collaboration with other program partners from Defence, the SmartSat CRC, industry, universities and international networks.

The Strategic Partner will establish industry networks to support the program, and encourage the development of the Australian Space industry.

Further Information

AusTender Approach to Market

The Invitation for Expressions of Interest appears on AusTender.

All responses must be submitted via AusTender, as per the AusTender ATM.

The call for proposals closes at 1300 (Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time) on 15th January 2021.

Tender responses are to be submitted electronically via AusTender website using the 'Lodgement Page' link on the 'tender notification'.

Submit your response

Questions and Clarifications

Questions and clarifications are welcome, via email to

Questions Clarifications and Responses will be published on AusTender.

AusTender provides an online automatic notification facility for registered users who have registered particular areas of interest in product and service categories. Registered users will then be notified of new business opportunities and Planned procurements via-email once business opportunities that match their specified profile are published. A registered user can edit their profile at any time to amend their notification profile or disable automatic email notification if it is no longer required.

Key information

Submit your response

All queries and requests for AusTender technical or operational support are to be directed to:

AusTender Help Desk
Telephone: 1300 651 698
International: +61 2 6215 1558

Questions and clarifications

Questions and clarifications are welcome, via email.